Upper Madison River Fishing Report

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Upper Madison Fishing Report

Current Conditions:
On warmer days the Upper can produce some consistent action.  The best fishing is in the slower water which is sometimes hard to find on the Upper Madison.  The waters around Ennis are a good bet since there are several slower, deeper winter holding runs that concentrate a lot of trout.  With cold weather these runs receive a lot of slush and ice shelves, so the productivity depends on the temps.  During cold snaps the best bet is to move farther upriver to avoid ice.  Check your regs because about half of the “Upper” is closed to fishing later in the winter.  Between the lakes stays ice free most of the winter although accessing with the snowpack can be tough.

The Month Ahead:
The Upper Madison can be tough mid winter fishing but when warm spells arrive and the wind isn’t blowing it can be very productive. As we move into the spring the fish will become more and more active. Look for warm stretches to turn the fishing on.

Long Term Fishing Forecast:
The Upper Madison isn’t our top choice for mid-winter fishing however it will get better and better as we move into the spring.  The combination of big river winds and ice can make it a tough go, although things should improve over the month.  Early spring, however, can produce some epic midge hatches on warm days.  Keep an eye out for warm spells to chase the Upper's best winter fishing.